He was always fascinated by the way the visually challenged adapted to their disability and navigated their sightlessness. For Swagat Thorat, who is known as the Braille Man of India, introducing the visually challenged to popular Marathi and Hindi literature, including news reports, feature stories and opinion pieces by popular writers, was a challenge as he was sighted. By blindfolding himself for long periods to comprehend their world of darkness and trying to perform all the tasks that they did every day. Thorat got a better understanding of the dilemmas faced by the visually challenged.
It was in 1993 when Thorat first got involved with this community for a project, which proved to be the beginning of a long innings. It was a documentary about two schools for the visually challenged in Pune. The documentary, Kallokhatil Chandane (Stars in Darkness), was made for the Marathi radio channel Akashvani, based in Pune.